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Effect of catalysts amount on mechanical properties of polymer concrete

Ferit Cakir, Pinar Yildirim, Mustafa Gündoğdu



Polymer materials are used in different engineering applications because of their excellent engineering properties. The use of these materials in different engineering fields has increased in recent years. It is predicted that polymer materials will be one of the most remarkable and popular engineering materials in the near future because of their unique properties. This paper focuses on Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide (MEKP), which is one of the main catalysts and investigate its effect on the mechanical properties of Polymer Concrete (PC). The main aims of the study are to understand the mechanical properties of the polymer concrete including different amount of MEKP and to investigate the influence of MEKP on the mechanical characterizations of the PCs. For this purpose, five different samples containing 0.15% (Mixture-1), 0.25% (Mixture-2), 0.35% (Mixture-3), 0.45% (Mixture-4) and 0.55% (Mixture-5) MEKP of the total weight were prepared and some experimental studies were performed on the prepared mixtures. The obtained strength values were discussed and evaluated effect of MEKP on mechanical properties of PCs.


polymer concrete; methyl ethyl ketone peroxide; catalyst; mechanical tests


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